Hemorrhoids are a normal and necessary part of our body (veins and arteries that exist in the anus to ensure continence and tightness), but it has become common to say “I have hemorrhoids” when we actually mean “I have hemorrhoid disease”.
This condition in hemorrhoids is not dangerous in itself (unless there is anemia and a lot of bleeding), but it is very embarrassing and can be accompanied by pain. When hemorrhoids develop hemorrhoidal disease, this means that they swell and prevent the bowel from functioning properly, with regard to stools. But they also hinder outside the toilet, as – depending on whether they are external or internal – they can cause discomfort and/or discomfort, in a sitting position.
When hemorrhoids are in an early stage, conservative treatment and/or natural remedies are used to treat them. If the hemorrhoids are chronic and cannot be treated otherwise, then the patient should seek treatment through the least invasive method.
As the safest and most effective, I recommend laser surgery, which I have successfully applied to thousands of cases, as it leaves the sphincter intact and immediately restores the hemorrhoids to their previous normal state, shrinking the swelling by “hitting” them with thermal energy.
Before referring to the pharmaceutical and physical treatment of hemorrhoids, it is important to clarify in a clear and unequivocal manner that:
- No modern treatment for hemorrhoidal disease allows their removal. Deformed hemorrhoids are treated, not removed
- With mildly invasive laser surgery, performed by an experienced surgeon, the treatment of hemorrhoiditis is completely safe and does not cause any kind of complication
- The laser, with the right method applied, can treat any case and scale of hemorrhoidal disease
Drug treatment for hemorrhoids
If the hemorrhoidal disease is low grade (level 1 or 2) and has not become a chronic condition, then we start with conservative treatment and/or natural therapies. Medication treatment includes applying special creams to the affected area.
Natural treatments for haemorrhoids
Natural treatments for hemorrhoids, if, as mentioned above, haemorrhoidal disease is not a chronic condition, aim to relieve symptoms and include the following:
- Hydrobaths: Relieve itching and irritation and are done as follows
- Cauterization and pain relief stimulants and fiber intake through diet and supplements (with plenty of water) to soften the stools and make them easier to expel, reducing bleeding and inflammation
Take steps to prevent flare-ups
Do not delay going to the toilet. This causes congestion in the stools, pressure and straining in the bowel, and therefore an exacerbation in hemorrhoids.
Sit properly. Do not sit on the toilet for hours. This pushes the hemorrhoids out and makes them swell. One way to help the situation is to place your feet (while sitting on the toilet) on a stool. This position changes the position of the rectum, making it easier for stool to pass through. Also, avoid sitting on a chair or hard surface because it exacerbates the swelling. If you can’t avoid it use a pillow.
Maintain hygiene of the area. After each bowel movement, you can gently wipe the anal area with an amalgam pad (see below what it is), a soothing baby wipe or a cotton cloth soaked in warm water until it is completely clean. If you feel irritation after voiding, apply petroleum jelly or Aloe Vera gel to the area.
Hemorrhoids and herbs
The treatment of hemorrhoids using herbs is nothing new. Already since ancient times, and in various cultures, herbs have been widely used by physicians of the respective times. What should not surprise us is that modern research also seems to confirm the therapeutic properties of certain herbs for the treatment of hemorrhoids.
The most important of the herbs used for the relief of hemorrhoids are:
- Oak bark: oak bark has been used as a haemostatic agent in the past. It has the ability to stop or slow down bleeding, has anti-inflammatory properties, serves as an astringent and relieves itching. It has been reported that adding oak bark to bath water has a soothing effect on painful hemorrhoids.
- Achillea: Achillea millefolium (yarrow) is another plant, which has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. After boiling it we can apply it to the area.
- Butcher’s Broom: it comes from the plant Ruscus Aculeatus, and for the treatment of hemorrhoids we use the root of the plant. It has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates blood circulation in the vessels.
- Hamamelis: Hamamelis is a plant that is widely used for the treatment of hemorrhoidal disease. In fact, it is the key ingredient in several commercial creams that we purchase for the relief of hemorrhoids. A combination of the leaves and root of the plant is used, and can be used for both internal hemorrhoids (suppository) and external hemorrhoids (ointment).
- Aesculus hippocastanum: Aesculus hippocastanum is a plant with anti-inflammatory action, which facilitates blood circulation. It strengthens the capillaries and reinforces the permeable walls of veins, so it is used to relieve symptoms in varicose veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
The use of herbs and plants for hemorrhoids may prove to be a good alternative to medicines and ointments. However, even natural ingredients such as herbs may have side effects and undesirable effects. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult an expert before using any of the above.
Note 1: There is no point in sticking to conservative treatment if it does not work.
Note 2: In any case, always remember that not all cases of hemorrhoids are the same. This is why their classification in grades has prevailed. For some cases, surgery is the only solution to permanently get rid of the discomfort of hemorrhoids, always by treating (shrinking with laser thermal energy) them and not by removing them.